Singalila - Phalut trek: Need info

#1 Nov 26th, 2006, 17:41
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Hi,

We a group of 5 (3 male members, 2 female members) are planning a trek of Singalila Pass starting on 26th December from Kolkata.

Our planned trek route goes through the following places:
Siliguri(N) - Uttrey(N) - Chittrey - ChewaBhanjyang (N) - Kalijhora(N) - Singalila Pass - Phalut (N) - Gorkey - Rammam(N) - Rimbik.

(N) stands for night halt. And I'm not sure if I spelt the names correctly.

Can anyone please comment on this route? Are the stops being done at feasible points - that is some treks are not getting too tough while others too easy?

Will we be require to carry food?

Will we require tent between ChewaBhanjyang and Phalut?

What other routes are possible which starts from Uttrey and takes through Singalila Pass, excluding Sandakphu (we trekked that only last year), which is feasible in this time of the year?

Last year, at exactly this time, we trekked Sandakphu and didnt get any snow which hindered progress. It showed at night sometimes, but the roads next day were clear as we progressed.

We are inexperienced and only 3 of us have done just the sandakphu trek last year.

Thanks for any comments.

-Rajarshi
#2 Nov 26th, 2006, 18:26
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Phalut

Treks: The park is famous for its treks with spectacular views of Himalayan peaks through a mist of pristine forests and mountain flowers. Maneybhanjang ( 2134m) at a distance of one and a half hours by road from Darjeeling is the starting point to one of the popular trekking routes in the eastern Himalayas, via Tumling (2900m) or Tonglu (3050m) - Gairibans(1900m) - Sandakphu ( 3636m)(35Km) - Phalut (3605m) - Rimbik (2286m) and back to Manebhanjyang. The park area is enclosed within this trek route beyond Tonglu or Tumling. The trekkers can halt at Meghma/ Tonglu, Gairibans, Sandakphu and Phalut for the nights.

Maneybhanjyang to Mekhma (2600m) takes 4 hours, then to Tonglu or Tumling and from there to Gairibans through dense forests and wild flowers. This trek is a paradise for wild flower lovers particularly in March-April when rhododentrons bloom in white, scarlet, pink and yellow and large white and pink flowers of the magnolias, orchids along with beautiful birds adorn the way. But be wary of the leeches which infest the wet ravines. From Gairibans it is a steep four hour climb to Sandakphu. Halfway is the settlement of Kala- Pokhri at 2750m. The arduous trek through treacherous routes is worth the breathtaking view of the majestic Kanchenjunga the third highest peak in the world, from Sandakphu. Sandakphu is known as the mountain of poisonous plants cause of the cobra lillies seen here. The one day trek from Sandakphu- Phalut about 23km is the best of all the treks. Phalut lies on the borders of West Bengal, Sikkim and the eastern border of Nepal. The best for this trek along the Singalila ridge which passes through desolate hills covered with patches of forest is October and November. At Phalut, one can have real close look at the Kanchedzonga and experience the spectacle of circular rainbows. From Phalut the way down to Sirikhola on the banks of river Sirikhola, one can see meadows clustered with blue iris, orchids and a further 6km leads to Rimbik, a small village which connects Maneybhanjang and Darjeeling (51km)by road. From Sandakphu one can skip the trek to Phalut and come straight down to Sirikhola through a steep descend via Gurdum (2300m). There is also a motorable road up to Sandakphu.

Accommodation :
There are two roomed rest houses available at Rambi, Tonglu, Gairibus, Sandakphu and Phalut available for stay. . Maneybhanjang has plenty of hotels and houses available for stay.
#3 Nov 27th, 2006, 00:36
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Hi,

I know all about that maneybhanjan - tumling/tonglu - kalipokhari - sandakphu - sirikhola route. Just covered that last year, returning from sandakphu to sirikhola, bypassing phalut.

I was looking for info about the route:
Siliguri(N) - Uttrey(N) - Chittrey - ChewaBhanjyang (N) - Kalijhora(N) - Singalila Pass - Phalut (N) - Gorkey - Rammam(N) - Rimbik.
[N: Night halt]
We start on 26th December from Kolkata.

Are stops feasible and resonable?
Do we need to carry food?
Do we need to carry tent?

Any other route excluding Sandakphu but covering Singalila Pass, which is feasible on these dates, and which is not too strenous (we are all starters)?

Thanks again.
#4 Nov 27th, 2006, 15:26
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Beyond Phalut

As far as I know there are no huts or food beyond Phalut. I visited Chiyabhanjan a long time ago from Phalut and I did not have a tent.. regretted it as I had to spend the night below a rock .. November.

I think it would be better to plan for tents and food and possibly porter support for the trek.

Are you starting from Uttarey in Sikkim? If so it is long haul up to the singalila ridge
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I heard a news that the trekkers hut at Phalut has closed down recently.Do confirm this from DGHC, else u may need tents/fooding arrangements for night stay at Phalut.U will be needing porter/s.
Since u r going in December, better take tents along with u.U need to carry some food as there are not much food and water avaliable in this route (specially between Kalijhora & Gorkey).

The route is feasible. I will suggest that if possible try to take a night halt at Samandin (4-5 kms behind Rammam)on ur way down. It is a beautiful spot.Reaching rimbik from samandin will not be a problem in one day.

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